"From day one, Republicans have promised to focus on jobs, to stop the unchecked growth of government, and to bring real reform to the broken status quo. With this budget, Gov. Walker is proving that we will keep those promises."More >>
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, who has played a strong role in rallies at the Capitol over the past two weeks, released this statement following Gov. Walker's budget address.More >>
MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Walker's spokesman Cullen Werwie released excerpts of the governor's budget address. He will make the address at 4 p.m. today at the Capitol.
"Each and every one of us gathered in the chamber today hold a diverse set of beliefs – beliefs that we are passionate about sharing - and that serve to guide our actions. Each of us has a vision for a better tomorrow in Wisconsin. But we all share something in common – an unrivaled passion for this state and the people who call it home. We all want Wisconsin to be the very best that it can be. Yet, because our experiences are unique and our beliefs diverse our paths may diverge as we tackle today's challenges. But even at the height of our differences, we can and must keep our promise to people of Wisconsin that they will always come first."
"We will provide additional resources and positions in our DNA lab to assist our criminal investigations. And we will make sure that our children -- those that are dearest to us -- are protected from those who would do them harm. We provide additional resources to investigate on-line predators targeting our children. The state currently has over twenty thousand IP addresses of people who prey on our children, but we didn't have the resources to track those criminals down. Now we will."
"Just as we reform our entitlement programs for the 21st century, we must also reform our education system. Clearly, we have to produce graduates who are able to compete - not only with their peers from Chicago or Des Moines - but also from Shanghai or Sydney."
"This is a reform budget. It is about getting Wisconsin working again – and to make that happen, we need a balanced budget that works -- and an environment where the private sector can create 250,000 jobs over the next four years."
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